A Horse For Every Task

A Horse For Every Task

If you have an AQHA Ranching Heritage horse, you have one that can get the job done. Meet five Ranching Heritage-breds in unusual careers.

training ranch horses on the range (Credit: Jim Jennings)

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Horses bred and raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are versatile animals. They are bred to be athletic, but even more so, to be good-minded and willing, so that no matter what the day’s duties on the ranch bring, the horse the ranch cowboys swing a leg over is a capable partner. 

When Ranching Heritage-bred horses are sold, their new owners might have different tasks in mind for their new partners, but the horse’s willing spirit remains. 

Meet five Ranching Heritage-breds in unusual careers: 

A Red Bird

This bird’s gonna fly!

Bred and raised on the historic AQHA Best Remuda winner Burnett Ranches’ Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas, A Red Bird’s career has been made wearing an English saddle, soaring over tall fences with effortless grace. 

The 2007 mare is sired by AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse world champion Sixes Pick and out of the Thoroughbred mare Lanark Lady, a daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Rare Performer. Her full sister, Lanark Pick, has class placings at the 2016 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show.

A Red Bird is a world champion in jumping, and has almost a dozen additional top 10 or finalist placings in jumping, equitation over fences and working hunter classes. 

A Red Bird is owned by Bart T. Taylor of Sheridan, Wyoming.

WWR Kings Lone Star

Fast, accurate and handy, over and over again. 

The demands commonly made of Ranching Heritage horses are those that WWR Kings Lone Star is good at in an uncommon sport.

With owner Gerald McKelroy of Waco, Texas, the mare is a multiple world champion in cowboy mounted shooting, requiring her to master a pattern as fast as possible as her rider pops balloons with a black powder gun. 

The mare is a 2012 daughter of Mr Forty Six King and out of the Tru Tru King mare Dr Gay Sadie. She was bred by Ranching Heritage Breeder Fred and Elaine Gist’s Wagon Wheel Ranch in Midland, Texas. 



Law Mans Reata and Charro Cowboy

The horses bred at L.A. Waters Quarter Horses near Utopia, Texas, are among the best ranch horses produced. The home of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Colonel Freckles has produced countless good horses from the breeding program of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Waters. 

Their family also has achieved great triumphs aboard Waters-bred horses, such as granddaughter Madison Outhier, a champion roper, and their daughter, Kristy Outhier, who for many years was a world-class polo rider aboard her family’s Ranching Heritage horses. 

Take, for example, two of her award-winning mounts, Law Mans Reata and Charro Cowboy. Both horses carried the speed, agility and temperament necessary to make These horses have the explosive speed, athleticism, rate and mind to make them top-flight polo ponies. 

Law Mans Reata is a 2002 daughter of Utopia Law Man and out of the Sound Move mare Kendras Cat. 

Her 2010 half-brother, Charro Cowboy, is sired by the ranch’s Colonel Freckles-bred sire Colonel C Cowboy, and he is also out of Kendras Cat. 

Impressions Of Amigo

If you’re going to have to spend a morning riding fences across a ranch pasture, you want your ride to be a comfortable one. 

That key trait is one Impressions of Amigo carries into his career as an all-around show horse. He is owned by Janet L. Fulton of Griffin, Georgia, and has a superior in green trail, amateur and youth performance register of merits, and countless placings at Level 1 championships under several different riders. 

The 2005 gelding was bred by Kenneth Banks of Schulenburg, Texas, and is by Zippo Amegio and out of the Skip By Impress mare Barbaressence. 





Bigtime Holly

A Ranching Heritage horse is a perfect prospect for the popular sport of barrel racing. 

The sport requires speed, agility and temperament, all of which are common in a good ranch horse like Bigtime Holly, who has earned numerous recognitions for barrel racing with her owner Katelynn Morgan Kemp of Franklin, Indiana. 

Bigtime Holly is a 2012 mare and is the second one on this list bred by Burnett Ranches. The mare is sired by Bigtime Favorite and out of the Royal Fletch mare Sixes Holly. 

The pair have earned open and amateur performance registers of merit and in 2017 were reserve champions in year-end Level 1 amateur barrel racing.



Learn more about the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program